Hi there and welcome! Today's Papertrey Ink Tips & Tricks post is all about the layers of fall, autumn leaves, textures, pattern, and dimension. My first card shows all of these in a variety of ways. I know layers aren't for everyone, but for you layer-lovers like myself...this post is for you!
I started my card with a basic white card base. I then selected two prints that compliment each other, but needed a bit of softening. That's where the magic of vellum comes in to play...I LOVE vellum for this reason. It softens and tones things down, while letting color and pattern still show through very subtly. And, it creates it's own layer of softness...a textural addition.
I've used several different dies on this card, including the following: Limitless Layers: 2 1/2" Circles, two of these cut, one from White cardstock, the other from a pink glitter cardstock I had on hand. Did you know that glitter carries a form of weight and dimension? Look at all of the depth you can see in just the bit of glitter showing on this card...because of the sparkle and shine, our eyes naturally pick up on the variations in color, therefore creating depth. A great way to add some layers :). Next came a die cut doily, using the Doily Details die, in Vintage Cream. Just the shift from white to cream, creates a subtle change in color variation, creating a fun layer.
I then added a cluster of die cut leaves, each cut from a different element, Autumn Rose felt, patterned paper, and vellum. I used the Leaf Prints dies along with Leaf Silhouettes dies. Felt of course adds texture and touch-ability. Patterns carry their own detail and texture. I like to combine smaller prints with larger, so they balance each other out and not compete. By separating patterns with a solid, such as the felt leaf, you can break up the busyness a bit and only see a portion of the bold pattern showing in the background. I then finished my card with die cut flowers, using the Ruby Rose dies. These were cut from fabric and trim in cream, creating texture and softness. I stamped a Double Ended Banner using a sentiment from the Rustic Wreath stamp set and attached it with a stick pin.
My next card uses more of my favorites...layers, softness, dimension, etc. I'll walk you through my creative process as I set about putting this card together for you.
I went ahead and cut my pumpkin sections, leaving them attached to the base so I could do a bit of stamping before separating them.
Next I added a vine to my pumpkin, using Spring Moss ink and the Harvest Berries stamp set.
I then added each section to the Kraft base, distressing the edges with Vintage Touch ink first.
It was then time to add my layers using leaves from different die collections, cut from different elements. Once again, I used the Leaf Prints dies along with the Harvest Berries, and the Branching Out dies. I used vellum and gold glittered cardstock using these two dies, and then pink patterned paper and cream burlap using the Leaf Prints dies.
After I attached my leaves, I created a junk bow, using different textural elements...Fine Line Swiss Dot Satin, silk fabric, twill, and trim. I crisscrossed three of these strips, with the fourth strip under them all, vertically. This fourth, vertical strip is the one I use to secure the others, forming a messy, shabby, junk bow :).
All that's left is to trim the ends whatever lengths you prefer.
I then attached my junk bow to the top of my pumpkin, just under the stem, embellishing the center with a cream button.
To finish my pumpkin, I added berries in Autumn Rose from the Harvest Berries stamp set. I used a bit of Diamond Stickles glitter to make them shine a bit. And then tucked in my sentiment from the Pumpkin Patch stamp set, stamped on a die cut Tag Sale: Quilted die. I have a favorite color of color mist, that is the prettiest shade of soft pink, and decided to coat my pumpkin with a bit of that to add one more layer.
Hope these projects get you ready to create this weekend...I'll be throwing on my autumn layers to stay cozy and warm. Thanks for stopping by!